“It’s all about the PADC connection!” PADC President Harriet Anderson

Connection is essential to a good PADC experience. We are launching the Member of the Month Program to create deeper connection with each other, with meaning and purpose by providing a way to get to know PADC members through shared experiences that make connections more likely.


Getting to Know…April Member of the Month Nilenia Cordero

 In October of 2019, a month after starting my new job as an Assistant City Solicitor in the Torts Litigation Unit with the City of Philadelphia Law Department, I was invited by Ken Butensky to attend a CLE luncheon hosted by the Philadelphia Association of Defense Counsel (“PADC”) on Pre-Trial Ethics.  Thereafter, I have been actively involved as a member of PADC by attending luncheons, webinars and as part of the group planning the 2020 Women’s Initiative program. 

As an Assistant City Solicitor, I defend the City in personal injury lawsuits related to City streets, sidewalks, and real property.  I find PADC to be extremely helpful in providing networking opportunities with other defense attorneys, resources to cultivate my litigation skills and guidance on how to navigate through the various stages of litigation effectively.  I really enjoy the community aspect of PADC and interacting with other defense attorneys.  Currently, with the COVID-19 pandemic, PADC has been invaluable with its efforts to help its members make the shift to working virtually at home while keeping us updated on court orders and procedures. 

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, I was scheduled to travel to Bali, Indonesia.  I have heard nothing but good things about Bali such as being able to soak up the sun on their tropical beaches, invigorate your mind and body in a yoga class, and visit the Ubad Monkey Forest to hang out with the mischievous moneys.  With all the exciting things to do in Bali, I am praying my trip will be postponed to a later date because Bali seems like a great travel destination.

One activity that keeps me grounded outside of work is CrossFit, which is high-intensity training that builds strength and conditioning through varied and challenging exercise workouts.  I have been doing CrossFit for close to six years, and have been coaching CrossFit for about three years.  What I love most about CrossFit is that even though you are competing against your peers in workouts, your biggest competition is yourself, and it is all about being better than who you were yesterday.  I am even more grateful for CrossFit during this pandemic because it provides me with home workouts to help me offset the quarantine fifteen. 

Connect with Nilenia at linkedin.com/in/nilenia-cordero-294639171.


Getting to Know…April Member of the Month Gary Samms:

I am a partner at Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP and a chair of the Professional Liability Group and the Catastrophic Loss Group respectively.  My practice is composed of medical malpractice, products and litigation that is high exposure.  We emphasize our trial practice since due to the nature of the cases it is often all or nothing. 

I enjoy PADC, what it represents and what it stands for.  It is an important organization as it provides a network of seasoned attorneys to collaborate with, younger attorneys to assist and supports the purpose of the defense bar with respect to lobbying and legislation.  I have been particularly proud to be a member of PADC as these two months they have navigated the Covid experience extremely well to assist the courts and work with them to maintain relationships,  the flow of information and have even contributed to the solutions to the problem.  PADC is a valuable source where you can speak freely regarding the ideas that affect the defense practice and can always anticipate and expect a knowledgeable discourse.  Most of all, PADC is a resource.   

 In my spare time, I coach basketball and baseball.  My best vacation ideas are Woodloch Resort in the Pocono Mountains where my family has gone for the last eight years, and Las Vegas.  Two diametrically opposed locations, but without a doubt my two favorite vacation destinations. 

I enjoy the rewarding experience of defending and protecting my clients, obtaining results on their behalf and even though many in our practice seem so cynical, if I had the ability to do it all over again, I would be an attorney in a minute as long as I could do litigation. 

Connect with Gary at linkedin.com/in/gary-m-samms-esquire-152b254.